Thomas McKinless

7 Major Battles Ahead on the Environment
The environmental state of play on Trump's first Earth Day
On the 47th Earth Day, this Saturday, April 22, green groups are fearing a new wave of deregulation on environmental policies. CQ reporters outline seven areas that could be most impacted by President Donald Trump’s White House....
Ep. 42: D.C. Establishment Anxiously Awaits Trump’s First Address to Congress
The Week Ahead

President Donald Trump will address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28 and no one knows what to expect from this most unpredictable of presidents. It’s another episode in the Washington reality show that is Trump’s presidency and representatives and senators are extras, perhaps against their will, in the drama. CQ Roll Call’s White House reporter John T. Bennett went to Capitol Hill to take their temperature.

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Ep. 42: Democrats, Finally, Select a Chairman
The Big Story

For four long months, Democrats have debated what to do to get out of the political wilderness. This weekend, the Democratic National Committee votes on who will be its next chairman, putting that person in a position to weigh in on the party's next move.

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How Do You Say Happy Birthday in Montana?
Montana Sens. Daines and Tester exchange very Montana birthday gifts

This weekend, both Montana senators — Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Jon Tester — are celebrating their birthdays. 

Daines on Saturday. Tester on Sunday.

Ep. 20: Funding Fight Doesn't Squelch Zika Research
The Big Story

Though Congress and the Obama administration are still fighting over how to respond to the Zika virus outbreak, the gridlock hasn’t kept government scientists from trying to develop an effective vaccine. CQ Roll Call’s managing editor Adriel Bettelheim talks to senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski to learn more. 

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Power Brokers: Connolly on Metro Fixes, Terrorist Watch List

In Roll Call’s Power Brokers newsmaker series , presented by United Health Group, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly sits down with Roll Call editor-in-chief Melinda Henneberger to discuss problems with the DC Metro, the terrorist watch list and Hillary Clinton’s chances in November.  

Lena Dunham Tells Roske Why Caucuses Are ‘Sexy’

Find out why actress Lena Dunham thinks caucuses are a "cool, sexy way to meet people” on Sunday’s “Roske on Politics.” Also joining host Brent Roske are Rep. Kristi Noem, Jeb Bush Jr., actor Justin Long, USA Today Politics Editor Paul Singer and Ben Carson Campaign Director Maj. Robert Dees.  

"Roske on Politics" airs at 11 a.m. Sunday on WHAG, NBC-Hagerstown, right after “Meet the Press.”  

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: What is Regular Order?


Regular Order The whiteboard and the chicken scratch are back, with Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings giving the low-down on how the House would run under “regular order ,” as opposed to the disordered mess it's fallen into in recent years. Will Speaker Paul D. Ryan keep his promise to bring order back to the House?  

Celebrate Rand Paul’s Birthday on ‘Roske on Politics’

Brent Roske crashes Sen. Rand Paul’s 53rd birthday bash on the Emmy-nominated “Roske on Politics.” Roske also chats with GOP presidential hopeful Gov. Mike Huckabee and Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List.  

Tune in Sunday at 11 a.m. on NBC-Hagerstown, right after “Meet the Press.”  

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: State of the Union


One week before President Barack Obama stands before Congress for his last annual address, CQ Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings lays out what to expect from this year’s State of the Union .  

Roske on Politics Talks With Santorum, Paul

Friend of CQ Roll Call Brent Roske sits down with two presidential hopefuls  — former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky — on the Emmy-nominated “Roske on Politics,” airing on Dec. 13.  

Tune in to the all-new episode this Sunday at 11 a.m. on WHAG, NBC-Hagerstown, right after “Meet the Press.”  

Rubio, Paul Dot Sunday's ‘Roske on Politics’ Lineup

Friend of Roll Call Brent Roske speaks with Republican presidential hopefuls Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rand Paul, as well as Rep. David Young, R-Iowa and Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad, on “Roske on Politics” this Sunday.  

Watch a preview of the broadcast below and tune in at 11 a.m. on NBC-Hagerstown, right after “Meet the Press.”